Carl Pratt

Carl Pratt, Founder of Future Planet

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Carl Pratt is the Founder of Future Planet, a community with a passion for purpose, personal fulfilment and the planet. Their purpose is to accelerate our transition into an inclusive sustainable future. FuturePlanet joins together intrapreneurs, innovators, investors and influencers. Through community, curated events, and online spaces, they empower you to provide support, solve challenges and create opportunities for each other.

Highlights:

  • Taking inspiration from movements such as the Pirate Party and Swarmise, ocean plastics and Extinction Rebellion.
  • Future Planet Presents are evening events, designed to be super easy to attend to create a community and buzz around a particular topic.
  • 10XIMPACT format of workshops and workstreams are designed to support and connect change-makers in search of sustainable and transformational solutions.
  • Working with Louise Nichols (PlanA, M&S) to curate Supply chain 10X Impact, they curated a day of listening to the problems and creating a day around solving particular business problems.
  • Future Planet is inclusive – no matter where you are or who you are, you have a role to play. By welcoming everyone to the table, the best ideas can come from someone that you least expected.
  • We have frameworks around carbon, climate, regeneration and circular systems.
  • Our objective is to scale city by city and community by community globally.
  • “I had to be quite brave to create a space where love is the primary thing that was in the room, where people felt they have the permission to be their best selves or just themselves.” 

Useful links:

www.futureplanet.love

www.futureplanet.rocks

10X Impact events 

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Will  0:08  

Welcome back to the Green Element Podcast where we feature business leaders and innovators transforming their operations to be more environmentally and socially sustainable. I’m your host, Will Richardson. And I can’t wait to meet our guests today and help you on your journey of sustainability. Today, we’ve got a call from Future Planet. He is an inspiring individual that he’s developed a business model that is slightly different to the normal business model and he brings people together to solve the world’s problems. And he goes into more detail on how he does that and it’s is really exciting what he’s doing and how he’s doing it. And I hope you take away the enthusiasm that he puts in to it seems everything he does. I hope you enjoyed the show.

 

Will  1:00  

Carl, welcome to the Green Element Podcast, you run Future Planets, and I’d love you to tell me more about Future Planets and what it is that you do and trying to achieve.

 

Carl  1:12  

Oh, hi, thank you so much. Um, yeah, I so I sort of run it, I guess I also co create it with like a whole stack of people that it’s not it’s been kind of shaped and grown out of an idea. And then we had so many different conversations around what it could be and now, even now, I mean and into the future will be shaped around what everyone requires what people need, what they want to give what they want to receive from community and the world that they want to create and live in. And so whilst the idea sort of started at mine, I’ve I’ve been in a process of giving it away from the very beginning, I suppose well, sort of slightly staring it.

 

Will  1:53  

You were talking earlier about, you’ve learned to have and you’ve got a process involved with it. And you know, the way that you work the event because I was complaining I oh, yeah, no, I found it really hard. And I got the impression that because you understand how it fits together and what to do, and can you take me through some of the things that you do, because you also talked about 10 X and you had breakaway sessions. And it was a lot more personally of smaller things. And just, it’s really interesting what you’re doing.

 

Carl  2:21  

Let’s start from the top. And then I feel like everyone might have a sense around what we’ve just launched into after having such a lovely, like conversation in advance of this podcast. And so, so our mission is broadly to accelerate our transition to an inclusive, sustainable future. And it’s really now more than ever really important that the inclusivity is at the heart of anything that we do in terms of building a future. Across all elements of what we might consider inclusivity to be. And so we act on that mission through can predominantly through convening community and through fostering collaboration and supporting people, both sets of communities and we’re often both so citizens effectively to enable them and empower them to create the future that they dream of. And then changemakers, who are actively working on solving or creating that future, so they might be individuals and teams, from organizations and brands, we bring people together across sector and cross silo. So I see ourselves as like flowing where other people perhaps are in silos, and really adding value where, where we can and supporting and bringing people together across a range of different backgrounds. And the predominant way that we convene community is through live events. It’s the most exciting way to a nourishing way to create energy and create connection and to feel each other and to support each other. And although having said that, in the recent, we’re sort of at the end of March now, so coronavirus is in relatively good throws, like we know developing more resilience around how we bring people together online as well, in line with our mission. And so our objective is to scale a city by city network, a community that city by city, it will extend larger than that, and to rapidly scale that city, city by city network globally. And that’s what will raise money for welcoming individuals and teams and organizations and brands across the globe, with the intention of supporting them to solve challenges within organizations much more effectively and within the communities that they exist in through supply chains and also through their customers and scale up this sustainable innovations through that network as well and collaborate together on systems change. So we were talking about government policies before and part of this platform was born out of frustration with the friction around the system of government, and how we might desire a future But actually, it’s really ineffective to try and ask governments always give it to us and what when I started creating this and I drew on a lot of different

 

Carl  5:04  

pieces of inspiration, including how the Pirate Party started in Sweden and, and around a book called Swarmwise, but also around the plastic movement and then removing plastic from the oceans. And that was somewhat of a perfect storm, but it wasn’t coordinated in any effective way. And now he’s starting to see much more coordination around the movements that we see. So XR is an example of that. But even that, for from my perspective still feels relatively organic. And given my background in effectively building relationships and delivering partnerships in large organizations with small organizations with that my sense was that it was a much more, or the solution that we would create was probably more practical or action based, but specifically around supporting people at scale to scale up sustainable innovation solutions. And so that arose out of a variety of things. And now we have three, perhaps four formats of live events. We do public open events, for citizens and changemakers to come together so changemakers can share stories about what’s happening and what they’re creating. And we’ve welcomed maybe 60 changemakers from everyone like Ben from Farmdrop and JP from Allplants all the way through to Cat from Unpackaged and Peggy? from IKEA, like a broad wide range of people creating change and welcome citizens to hear their stories and sharing that conversation with them. And then we do 10X impact workshops which are particularly around convening changemakers across value chains, which often doesn’t happen. So we do theme thematically, so for example, like packaging or supply chains or climate. And there we will really understand in a very granular nature, what people personally, professionally and also purposefully what they want to give and receive from that day and we build a day in a very thoughtful and curated an intimate day around what people wants to give and receive. And so they end up being very effective ways for people to learn, share, you know, be upfront and honest about some of the challenges that they’re facing and support each other and learn about new solutions. And, you know, with the goal also with the goal that we would use those 10X impact almost 10X impact events, in collaboration with citizens to scale up the solutions that changemakers highlight. So our theory of change is a bit more, that that’s the theory of change.

 

Will  7:37  

Talking about your the supply chain, I’m just gonna I just want to hone in on an example that we can do. Yeah, yeah. And what would be great is if we could put your video up that you’d sent me earlier, yeah, on the podcast page as well. So therefore, if we talk about that event, and how it works, and then if we have the video up as well, so that for listeners will be able to actually watch the event and that video and put the two together? Yes, I think that’d be really, that’d be really important because I understand what you’re saying. And I think I understand it. But it’d be good to hear an example of how you helped with supply chains, and within that event and what sort of stuff that came out of it.

 

Carl  8:22  

Yeah, I’d love to unpack that. So typically, we work with people that are that know more than me for a start. And so I’ll curate the day with one, two or three people. So for supply chains I curated with Louise Nichols, who’s been in M&S and  now runs her own consultancy Suseco, and has been, you know, at the heart of supply chains and social responsibility for such a long time and also Plan A M&S really had an in depth knowledge around what some of the challenges and what some of the needs were of the community generally, and then Oliver Hurrey, who will was previously at 2 degrees and is extremely expert and and really takes time to understand again what people need and has a great network. And so we worked as a group together. And then we built the day based on a conversation with everyone that will take part. So, we start with a rough idea about what the themes are that we want to cover. And for me, we have an impact framework at Future Planet. And there’s obviously carbon is really important and climate is really important, but also regeneration in nature and circular systems that we have this element of our hierarchy of impact and our philosophy around what we look at. So we’re always curating a day around that. The format straightforwardly is like a day of a combination of listening to what people are sharing, sharing what you’re doing in your business, and then potentially either a workshop or some way of connection. And we’re working on advancing that format, further to really allow people to come with challenges and have received support in that room and walk away with them being so my view is rule going to a range of different events or different activities to try and solve problems in our business. And I feel like it’s much more efficient if we just mentioned what they are. And then we build a day around what they are. And so it’s very curated around really supporting people in that way. I’ve we had Andy talked to the very beginning. So I like to start the day with a frame. And so Andy talks about the similarities between nature and supply chains. In the same way that Kevin Vyse in our packaging event talks about the benefits of Thinking Fast and Acting Slow. I think that was he probably will say it’s the other way around, but broadly taking time to make the right decision to start with a perspective and then we depends on what people want. So we had a range of perspectives. We had Robin from Nestle, talking about what they’re doing to support farmers. We had Yui from Coca Cola talking about what they’re doing with climate, climate change. We had a whole range of different people sharing different perspectives. But because it’s a small room and we create in a space that’s unlike the ones they would normally go to. So it’s vegan feast and it was in a paper mill with like, a very dress down day. And the way that space is held means that the energy is just fabulous. Like, it’s just, it’s just really beautiful to be part of those days. And it really gives me a real sense of togetherness. And so the intention is that everyone would leave with, you know, solutions to their problems, they’ve helped other people. And they’d also have already made network with which to kind of keep on connecting with them

 

Will  11:42  

in that particular area,

 

Carl  11:44  

in that particular area, and then we would run them in different areas depending on what those teams one. So typically, we work with sustainability or our key champion in the business and they connect us to different people in that business that wants to come and join our events, no matter what. So the our goal is to connect up the different roles in organizations and build a network in and in doing so support changemakers inside organizations to create the energy and momentum around change that they need. And so we’re now going to go into some CEO samples as well. So we’re always feeding into thinking about how to create flow, how to create positive energy, and how to allow people to move further forward faster with what they’re working on.

 

Will  12:27  

That sounds and the how many people largely go to an event like that?

 

Carl  12:35  

So we’ve cap it actually about 40 to 50. And my sense is we wouldn’t go any higher than 60. 

 

Will  12:41  

Right? 

 

Carl  12:41  

And, and I feel like what we’d much more likely to do is to run us we run series of them, so we run three in a row. And that’s an idea of evolution. And some people will come to all of them, but mostly people come and dip in and then sort of solve that set of challenges they’re solving or and they might come to the next one. It just depends But 60 is at the moment cap for those. Because you sort of need it to feel like by the end of the day, you’ve met your top five people that you really wanted to connect with and not felt overwhelmed by the space. Like we’re not trying to create something where everyone’s in the room. That’s not the goal. The goal is to create something where we understood who you want to meet, really thoughtfully brought the right people into the room and helped you connect around things that are really important to you.

 

Will  13:29  

And I guess, if you go to all three of them, then you’ll actually get to know pretty much everyone in the room quite well.

 

Carl  13:35  

Well, they’ll be different. Yes, we got about 30%. Stay for the 30% of people stay for each one. Right? Are they

 

Will  13:42  

on separate? They’re on the same day?

 

Carl  13:44  

No, no, no, they’re three months apart. So 30% of people will stay or will come back for the next one. Sometimes businesses send a different person from their teams, the next one, so we might have the same brands but a different person, culture, but then we also have just launching community connect to really allow that group of people to then continue to connect and to build relationships beyond that one workshop event. And that will be in every month event or every other month event, depending on demand. So I’m really feeling into what people need, you know, in terms of being able to connect.

 

Will  14:21  

And do you hold them geographically? Um, you’re basically you hold them all over the country?

 

Carl  14:28  

Well, I love the UK. We get requests to hold them in different parts of the country, and it definitely is in our plan. I feel like right now we’re fairly early. I mean, we’re we’re fairly I mean this in compared to informer, we’re fairly early stage. And so the limitations that I have is bandwidth basically. Right? Our goal and the strategy that we have that will raise investment for is around a global and local city by city network, right because I recognize the need for you know, Bristol’s a really strong center. There are centers in the north and the and that it would be really valuable to allow people to move between London and those centers, or between those centers and each other. It’s just it’s predominate around resource at the moment.

 

Will  15:11  

So you’re you because I know you’re live in Brighton, but is it London you are focused on.

 

Carl  15:18  

London makes the most sense. I mean, globally, it’s an it’s a huge global city and most businesses are there and most people will go there for business at least once a month, you know, so that works really well for us, but I definitely feel the need to create spaces that serve people in regional areas as well. Like I think that’s really important.

 

Will  15:41  

Yeah. Yeah, it’s just getting the amount of people okay. I live in Edinburgh, as you know, and I think putting an event on in Edinburgh will be a lot harder to get people out than it would be in London because you’ve got much you’ve got a massive pool of people in London. You know, saying that I used to be the chairman of the Metropolitan branch of CIWEM, which is basically a Charted Institute, but it doesn’t, that doesn’t matter what we used to go. We used to meet up every year. And all the people that were in charge of all the different places all over the UK, and that would be the London branch. And they would actually be a Scottish branch. As in now I live in Scotland. And I kind of thought at the time, why wouldn’t there be a north and northeast, a north, Northwest, South, Southwest, etc branch but actually Scotland had its own branch. But what always amazed me was they would have 50,60 people coming to every single event and he would drive two and a half hours in events. Yeah. And people in London, I struggled to get 30 people to our events, and it would be a three quarters of an hour to bride. How does that work?

 

Carl  16:59  

That’s not the You gave me a number much higher than that when we’re talking.

 

Will  17:02  

But that was the one that we that was the one that the Green Element put on. But I’m not talking more about. I’ve got feeling because they were free events. I think that

 

Carl  17:11  

Yeah, we Yeah, we I mean we.

 

Carl  17:14  

Yeah, we’ll wait. So we charged but mostly because I’d like its input as important. I think that people co create both what they can afford, but also in terms of what they give to the event, but but also in it, but it also helps us make sure that we don’t get really anyone dropping out, we maybe get five or 10% of people that have to move out for some, you know, unforeseen reason. But we also have a strategy around our events. So the Future Planet Presents are, I mean, last year, they were 11 pounds to come to an event. And they’re designed to be super easy to attend in the evening create, like a sense of community and a buzz around about a particular topic. And then if we were to enter a city, we would then like, do those to whatever the capacity of that city was, and then think about it. Okay, well, what’s the next step? Like? What are we going to maybe run a 10X in, but our strategy fits quite neatly because we’re not really an events business. We’re a membership business. And so we don’t run events. And so we would probably know a lot of the people that will be in that area, so then just becomes a timing thing to set up an event. For me anyway says, I think there’ll be a saturation point. So our strategy is around, you know, primary and secondary tier cities. And I think some cities will be like London’s got our capacity, we could run events every week in London, it will probably be fine. Although I did notice last year, there was sort of a capacity for the what might what last year was term conscious consumers, but we might call citizens this year, like there was a capacity for for people going to an event, although that will have probably fundamentally changed. Now XR has moved the dial, you know, yeah. Yeah. I don’t know. I feel like Bristol would be. I’d love to find partners that wanted to go into those cities with us. That’d be fantastic.

 

Will  19:03  

Okay, well, hopefully anyone listening to this will want to get a hold of you. Yeah. And create magic together. Yeah, exactly. Exactly. So, the online stuff. Once you’ve been to a, I’m hesitant to say event because you said you didn’t want

 

Carl  19:20  

Well its a gathering. I think a gathering feels like,

 

Will  19:24  

Okay. Yeah, yeah, good. Yeah. Yeah, no, actually, I get what you’re saying. I totally understand what you’re saying. Because it’s not really an event is it? It’s,

 

Carl  19:33  

I mean, it’s an event, but I don’t know if it’s just an event.

 

Will  19:40  

You have one of those. That’s the circumflex on the Wii.

 

Carl  19:45  

Yeah. Excellent.

 

Carl  19:47  

The event of whatever else is happening in that moment.

 

Will  19:53  

And you can carry on conversations online, I’m assuming within,

 

Carl  19:58  

So we’re just I’m just working out how to do that to be quite frank, I’ve been a bit shy about that. And it’s been interesting because I’ve sensed actually that, whilst they know that we need to develop an online offering, and we do have online spaces for people to connect after the events, they’ve been a lot quieter than for example, Whatsusty or other groups that you and I know. And I think that’s because people come because they want to feel the feeling of being with other people. And that’s what they’re going for. And it’s less about the online and I think it’s much more about that, you know, but I do, like the conversations that I’m having with people now and other event organizers and other people that do this kind of thing is like how do we create the same level of connection and intimacy in an online space? And I like I don’t think we could ever recreate the, the feelings of like, you know, just the feelings of being in the same space as people. You can’t recreate that. But I do feel like we could probably facilitate a certain level in how we do that in terms of how we support people. And I’m excited by that, because I feel it will allow us to scale quicker and be more inclusive in who we invite and how people can attend as well. So, and probably bring a bigger diversity of thought, for example, if we’re running a supply chain event in London, and we can then bring people from Brazil and at the various parts of the supply chain without expending carbon to that event that feels like suddenly a really powerful, like thing to be able to do.

 

Will  21:36  

And it’s also a way for the company to having invested in the event and then I would imagine would carry on wanting to invest because it would be a resource that they could draw upon. And it I know, we I mean, we are we’re consultants at Green Element, but actually, to solve the world’s environmental problems. You don’t actually want lots and lots of consultants, you actually want us all to be learning off each other, and to be crowdsourcing all the ideas, because that’s a great suggestion. Yeah. And that is a way that that learning would be continual. And if you had key people in there that would be able to help shape those conversations.

 

Carl  22:20  

That’s why that’s, that’s so I grew up, I grew up. I mean, I wasn’t growing up at the time, but like, I remember this space when two degrees. And I obviously know, sustainable brands, you know, these are spaces where a level of a level of content is kept. Mm hmm. And I really respect those platforms. I think they do great work. two degrees is no longer in the same shape and form but like, my sense is that I mean, what I’m interested in doing is sort of a master class or Udemy level of group learning where we sort of, you know, we’ve done that, let’s get it out, ship it, you know, we’ve got 10 years to solve this. We don’t really need to be Just sort of needs to be like agreeing on something and scaling it up rather than like, like worrying about whether we were the first to do it, or the second to do something different. So I feel like what will create with the permission and within co create with the community? Is this sort of like, so what’s best in class for this? Who would we recommend to go to for that, so across all the themes we’ve got, I would love to have content and then pay people to be able to go and connect to others themes. I feel like that would be singly really, really helpful, in the same way that I think Common Objectives do quite well in the fashion industry. And they’ve really worked well in that space to really bring people together. But I feel we’ll do it our own way. And, you know, we’ll listen to what everyone wants, and we’ll build just that. But I totally agree with you. Like, we don’t have enough time for news for not replicating solutions that work. We have to replicate solutions.

 

Will  23:55  

And it’s that, as he says, is that many solutions, there are loads of ways to peel an orange. And you know, you’ve got what fits one person won’t fit another person you taught degrees Who taught you will have lots of people doing the same. So the same thing. I mean, there are lots of people that help companies become more green. I would say that we necessarily fit every single company because there are other people that too, would potentially do a better job than us because… 

 

Carl  24:25  

Find your tribe right? Yeah, I do. What I would love what we’ve done so far. I mean, we’ve tested a lot of stuff so far. So what I have what sorry, what what has been done in a sort of not perfect, but hey, look at this kind of way, is we’ve partnered with UK Green Building Council or Sustainable Restaurant Association or Fashion Revolution or whatever that might have been for an event, right? And so my sense is that actually we can probably partner with all these different organizations and people that are doing things in their space, accelerate the learning, accelerate the trust and create something different. But complimentary to what they’re doing already. Because after all my time of working with startups and growing businesses, like everyone builds something different, you know, there’s like 50,60 CRM solutions in the world. There’s so many different marketing platforms in the world. And as you say, everyone finds a way to differentiate and finds a way to like create something that their tribe wants and enjoys. My vision is that to be the HubSpot of like solving sustainability problems, right to have that level of like attention to detail around it. That would be that’s what we’re aiming for.

 

Will  25:36  

Yeah, that makes That’s good. That’s cool. It’s exciting.

 

Carl  25:41  

It’s bloody hard work. But yeah.

 

Will  25:47  

What isn’t hard work, though. Well, I mean, genuinely what isn’t hard work if, you know nothing does come easy. It’s one thing I’m now learning as I’m getting older and older. I’m realizing that things don’t come easy. You do have to work at things. It doesn’t get handed to your plate.

 

Carl  26:05  

I was really fantasizing that by 21, I would have been like a millionaire and really successful. But you know, what had I been that by that time, I would have totally ruined my life, and I wouldn’t have found the place where I am now. So I really appreciate, like, I just really appreciate the life that I’ve been through and the context of the life that I have, because I feel like hardship creates empathy and empathy creates good solutions. Yeah. I would say that and I feel like when. Yeah, I would say that, that that feels that feels right.

 

Will  26:46  

Going back to your gatherings and what’s been talked about in them, what would you. What would you say? maybe two or three key things that you’ve learned from other people that. You think that would be really useful for people to take away from?

 

Carl  27:04  

What a beautiful and unexpected question? Okay, I’m gonna let that sit with me for a moment in I’m just gonna arrive at what I feel is a good a good answer to that I feel.

 

Will  27:20  

I can ask another question

 

Carl  27:21  

I want you to give me silence whilst I feel into the question. I was enjoying doing that and I was arriving at the right one. And I feel like the safety to be vulnerable and share love, and the and the feelings that we get when we’re in a safe space and how we can then share that energy with others. You know, this is such a difficult journey for all of us. And we’ve all joined it for some reason, because we, you know, many reasons, but often because we really care and we really tune in to the world and really want to go to do a good job. But ultimately, many of us work in environments where it’s not always that easy to do it. And the energy is not always that positive. And we’re really pushing against quite difficult things, be it deadlines, or the space that we’re in, or the processes that we have to work through or the hierarchies that we have to move against, you know. And so, really, like, you know, I had to be quite brave to create a space where I felt like love was the primary thing that was in the room, and where people felt like they have permission to be their absolute best selves, or just themselves, however vulnerable that that was. So, you know, at the beginning of our packaging event, when we when we do around the room at the beginning of the day, like how are you feeling? How Why are you here? What would you like to Why are you here, you know, and like everyone shared that they were there making emotional everyone shared that they were there for their children really became a trend in the room. And we had like, just tears, you know? Just so much emotion and I feel like, that’s so okay. And that’s so that feels so good to be able to create spaces where that that is the case. And I feel like that’s probably the like, I feel like that’s the best and most different thing that we give. And so when people asked me like what your deepest fears, and they maybe expect a technical thing, I’m like, it’s a feeling. And it’s really, it’s just the feeling right. And I think that that’s really, the more I learned about that, the more that my sense is that the movement into good feelings or the movement from fear to positivity and love, is the feeling that we’re all searching for in what we do, whether we get it right or not like that, in some ways, that’s such a driving force for us. So that’s part of it. I really, I really sense the value and the power of listening to people share stories from spaces where you never expected to hear the story about what they’d like like a change, right? So in packaging we’re bringing together waste. People like Adam from se wers with like Joanne from Free The Birds like these are the creative agency and a waste company that often you know, they’re not in the same room or, or Katie from Nevada, right? These are all different people working on the same problem. But not necessarily always in the same room or in the same network. And so I really value like being able to, to be honest with you, I’m what i what i, the thing that I really value is bringing those people together. I feel the thing that they really value about that is that they’re brought together so I have a different perspective on what’s happening.

 

Carl  30:43  

And those is that I feel like I should search for a third that maybe weren’t arrive so just take a moment.

 

Carl  30:53  

Yeah, and the third is that it really doesn’t matter where you are from From an organization, right, you could be like, an analyst, or you could be like a pack tech, or you could be like, just new to sustainability. Or you could be a CEO. Or you could be head of brand or head of marketing, like we’re all learning together. And we’re all on this journey together. And I feel like that’s such a powerful thing to be able to provide for people. Because, like, if I if I, you know, just because he’s in my mind, if I think about Katie and Ivana, she knows so much about materials and just such an incredible brain on like, how to solve these challenges and so passionate about that space, or Lisa of Pal fish, like all these people really care and know about these subjects, you know, but they’re not super senior. And then but then we also have someone like Phil Wilde from James Clapper who’s got a great perspective on his set on his industry. And he gives a totally different perspective so that so bringing those different people together from all the different spaces and also in a really inclusive way. So we were trying to include all different types of people, introvert, extrovert, different backgrounds, whatever. I feel like that I know that there I really value doing that. Like, I really love doing that because you’re always gonna learn something different than then you would do in the normal room, you know, normal. Okay.

 

Carl  32:20  

Yeah. Brilliant. I thought that was good.

 

Will  32:24  

Because I’m not I just I’m just trying to think about what I would want to if I was listening to this podcast what I want to take away from it and yeah, okay. And understand. And I always, I always say, this is the reason why we’re here, isn’t it? It’s, and it’s actually going back to what you’ve just been talking about. learning from each other. And, and I think I mean, can you imagine what, 10 years ago if someone said, Oh, yeah, you could be listening to a podcast and learn about how to green up your company, or the sort of things that you’d be doing in it. And it’ll just be a couple of people chatting online. About And that’s how you could actually learn. I got really, that’s quite random. But that’s where, you know, that’s where we’ve got to we’re actually crowdsourcing all of our ideas now. And hopefully at some point consultants will be almost none non void. You know, we won’t need people to physically come in or we won’t be paying for people by the hour.

 

Carl  33:22  

I can take a risk with the consultant.

 

Will  33:27  

It would be nice, it would be nice to think that they are so niche at that point then, if you always need them, but you’re not using I mean, at the moment people use us for quite basic stuff that they quite frankly should be.

 

Carl  33:44  

No I’ve run to this. I sort of cutting you off because I want to make sure that I give credit to what you do. And before you do yourself out of like the greatness that you are, like I feel like like, we will play a role. And it’s really important to have external people come into an organization and support them to make changes. As a consultant, you’re naturally going into lots of different environments. And I know that we create that for people from organizations. And that’s some of the one of the things that we’re looking to solve. But we do not go and go deep in an organization, we just create the network where you could meet people. So the idea is that, like, as a consultant, you either hold knowledge, or you’re always constantly evolving your offering, I would imagine so that you’re allowing people to wherever they are in their learning journey to be supported by you, or like you’ve done you develop technology that supports them, there are a whole load of ways that you’re going to be creatively thinking about how to support and serve. And I feel like that often can’t exist in a business because they’ll just sort of muck it up or it’s not their core focus or, like they won’t be able to solve the problem in the same way that you have done. And also, I would say that, like as a consultant, you’re you’re honing yourself craft and sharpening your tools on a variety of different businesses and solutions and problems, right. But in a bit in somewhere like, I don’t know, in a business, I won’t name any names, it doesn’t matter like they are, they’re sort of solve one problem. And then on to the next one, they don’t have that luxury of like solving something 20 times. So there is it’s a very different, I feel like everyone has got a role to play. 

 

Will  35:24  

see, I can see that. I can see that. And actually, it’s a

 

Will  35:29  

it’s also a structure, I was thinking about what you’re saying and I and we’ve got, we’ve got a structure of the way to do it. And we know exactly how it works. And it’s as you say, it’s a tried and proven process. Instead of taking 10 months, we can do it in two or three because

 

Carl  35:45  

exactly

 

Will  35:46  

know what you should be doing in that particular order.

 

Carl  35:49  

Yeah, yeah, exactly. And sometimes you don’t like often like, you know, this is, in reality. This is a lot of small teams in businesses or sometimes Just one individual, like trying to solve a myriad of things. So it’s a work with trusted people that can help them know, take away off them and solve a particular challenge. They can, you know, that’s brilliant. I feel that that works really, really well. So I think we’ll all credit to consultants and I, like my mind saying not to sit No, so, so so. So when I started Future Planet, the idea was that it would be, of course, inclusive to it, no matter where you were in the industry and what you were working on. I feel like you’ve got a role to play. You know, there are some things where they might exclude consultants from or they might exclude like young startups, or they might exclude, like different people in the business or focus on one part, but I don’t think that’s how we really solve a particular problem in my world. That’s not how we solve problems. You know, it’s by welcoming everyone to the table because the best ideas might come from someone that’s, you know, the least expected. Yeah. You know, I, I sort of feel we’re all in it together. 

 

Will  37:00  

We absolutely are. We absolutely are. Is there anything else that you would like to add? We’ll have all of your social media handles and all that kind of stuff on the websites. But, I mean, where do we follow? follow you? How do we know about your gatherings? And? And can anyone sign up? Or is it right or?

 

Carl  37:23  

Yeah, I mean, you can have anyone can sign up. And if you for some reason, like so, so anyone can sign up. And the narrative I have is that we welcome you to find the money that we suggest that you pay, and to go and make that happen. But if you for some reason can’t make that happen, then we can have a conversation about how to help you be in the room. And I mean, you’ve been deeply generous with the questions that you’ve already asked. I feel like you’ve completely allowed me to share everything that I would want to share. I guess there are two things that I would add. So I really, I started this as as, as a citizen as just a general person that was passionate about creating a future. And I’m really passionate about the connection between citizens and us as individuals not necessarily changemakers working on the problem and how we build that future. So part of our strategy will include a people’s fund. My view is that like individuals who might have like five or 10 pounds a month, like the collective, the collective impact of them joining that money together, and supporting changemakers to accelerate those solutions is the final part of our theory of change. And, and really allowing that, that ever allowing people to fund that future will give us a lot more integrity. I feel around that future. Because it’ll be funded by the people, for the people and for the planet. And then you asked how people might find us. So at the moment, the website is future planet. dot rocks, ro ck s. But by the time you listen to this podcast, maybe we will rebound. We are rebranding. So future planet dot love. And I think that that’s what it will be by then which I’m really excited about. And so if you go to a website that looks super colorful and right and it’s called future planet dot love in the domain name, that’s the best way to find us.

 

Will  39:26  

Brilliant, calm what you’re doing is it’s just so

 

Will  39:30  

it is different, isn’t it?

 

Will  39:31  

And I the way that you’re doing it as well is different intuitive and oratory. And I think that it’s really exciting because we need more people doing that type of business. Because it’s, there’s a lot of, I wouldn’t say they’re naysays, but there’s a lot of people out there that go Oh no, that’s not the way you do. And so we Need more people like you to pave the way to help, you know, change society to what it will be. And it will be it. It depends on how fast you want to get there. If we want to jump on your train, we’ll get there faster. If we want to, you know not, then we’ll get there slower, but it will happen. And so thank you,

 

Carl  40:22  

I love you. I really value and appreciate your words of affirmation. And I would say that it’s really the future that we all dream of, you know, my aspiration and my dream and Future Planet is it’s no is always given away to everyone to join together and create that future that they dream of within the container of optimistic, positive, inclusive, sustainable, like and I feel like that’s so many people in this world are creating that world. And so yes, I’ve run out of steam, but it’s definitely not just me.

 

Will  40:57  

Brilliant. Thank you so much.

 

Will  41:01  

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